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+ black wash
blackwash ( , countable and uncountable plural ) blackwashes
( slang , New Zealand ) A whitewash victory for any New Zealand national sporting team.
( slang , cricket ) A whitewash victory for the West Indies cricket team. Started in the 1984–86 "Blackwash" series of the West Indian cricket team in England in 1984.
( medicine ) A lotion made by mixing calomel and limewater.
( slang , mining ) public campaigns and advertising funded by the coal industry to draw attention away from environmentally unsustainable practices or to justify exclusion from carbon taxes.
( politics ) A villainization campaign
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blackwash ( third-person singular simple present , blackwashes present participle , blackwashing simple past and past participle ) blackwashed
( transitive ) To villainize, to present in a damaging light.
1904, George Bernard Shaw, John Bull's Other Island , page lxii: 
Mistrusting my own prejudices, I have taken the story from the two parliamentary papers in which our officials have done their utmost to whitewash the tribunals and the pigeon-shooting party, and to blackwash the villagers.
( transitive ) To blacken, to cover with a black color.
2004, Peter Plate, Fogtown , page 109: 
The masts of British frigates and U.S. warships blackwashed the piers at the Embarcadero.
1892, Henry Ward Beecher, Plymouth Pulpit: Sermons Preached in Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, Sept 1873-Sept 1874, Volume 2:
I do not care whether a man whitewashes or blackwashes his fence, or whether he uses guano or barnyard manure, or what his mode of cultivation may be, the question is, Does he get good fruit?
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